Chapter 8 Optical Storage Media

Conventional magnetic data carriers in the form of hard disks or removable disks are traditionally used in computers as secondary storage media. These offer low average access time and provide enough capacity for general computer data at an acceptable price. However, audio and video data, even in compressed form, place heavy demands on available storage capacity. The storage cost for continuous media is thus substantial unless other data carriers are used.

Optical storage media offer higher storage density at a lower cost. The audio compact disc (CD) has been commercially successful in the consumer electronics industry as the successor to long-playing records (LPs) and is now a mass-produced product. Due to the ...

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